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Created On: Established as a college on the current site by London Borough of Newham in 1985, the result of a merger between East Ham and West Ham technical colleges with the aim ´to better serve the needs of the people of Newham. Newham College of FE has a reputation for widening student participation and an enormous range and variety of provision. The College has developed a comprehensive selection of outreach sites and learning partnerships across London, enlarging the college considerably.
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Address: Two main campuses, East Ham Campus, High Street South, London E6 6ER and Stratford Campus, Welfare Road, London E15 4HT and a number of local centres delivering learning in the heart of local communities in and around the London borough of Newham.
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Ambience: Mix of mainly modern buildings built in the 60´s. Superb facilities. Strong community atmosphere because many students live close by. Newham is one of the most diverse communities in England and approximately 63% of students are members of ethnic minority groups adding a rich cultural mix to the college.
Vital statistics: One of the largest further education colleges both nationally and in the Greater London area, with over 20,000 full- and part-time students. Many of the students are local, and over 80% are aged over 19 on entry with an average age of 31. Newham College is an Associate College of the London Metropolitan University and has close links with many other universities, including East London, South Bank, Queen Mary and the Surrey Institute of Art & Design. Recently these have included Imperial, King´s, Queen Mary, UCL and other University of London Colleges, Cambridge, Manchester and Nottingham Universities, plus St George´s Medical School.
Added value: The College has an international reputation for developing innovative training, inspiring regeneration of people and the local economy throughout the East End. The College has an ongoing commitment to capital investment that has meant serious investment in cutting edge IT technology and renovation of buildings. £15 million investment over the last ten years means the college now boasts vast new computer centres for student independent study, a superb stand alone commercial and training hairdressing salon, science building, art, design and fashion centre plus industry standard facilities and recording suites for music technology.
Investment also includes the Digitalbrain (a sophisticated virtual learning environment to support students), dramatically increased the nursery provision, provide a dedicated ´Academy´ for ´A´ level students at Stratford, and built a new extension with plans to house a larger library, Youth Parliament and Young People´s Centre at the East Ham Campus, plus further improvements to IT infrastructure and facilities.
Easy to get into? Yes. The college has a vision of 'a learning revolution spurring local economic and social regeneration, and full participation by local people´. The college´s Mission is ´to expand and improve lifelong learning´ and it aims to achieve this by making an open access provision, relevant to the diverse range of needs in its local communities, and regardless of prior attainment. The college guarantees applicants a place on a course suitable to their needs. Innovative approaches include a comprehensive community education programme resulting in a 300% increase in learning opportunities in the last decade.
Areas of Learning:Vast. Newham offers substantial programmes in 12 out of the 14 national programme areas. The provision includes the pioneering Newham College Access Diploma (NewCAD) framework - an overarching unitised framework integrating skills for life with vocational and academic study assessed with accredited (OCN) achievement.
NewCAD is attracting considerable external attention within the programme for government development of a new national framework for entry and foundation level studies. Also standard NVQs, GNVQs, AVCEs and precursors, GCEs at AS and A2 levels, Access to Higher Education courses, Modern Apprenticeships, Foundation courses BTEC National Certificates and Diplomas, Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, RSA, City & Guilds and many other specialist qualifications.
Has an Associate Faculty of Community Education (a strategic partnership with Newham LEA) and the Centre for Innovation and Partnerships, a highly successful faculty that drives regeneration through education in the local business community, developing bespoke training and inspiring economic regeneration with small business owners and large employers.